The Best Alternative Metal Bands

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List Criteria: The bands on this list are ones played on alt rock stations

Different from other genres of heavy metal, alternative metal provides exactly what it's title describes: an alternative to traditional or classic metal bands. Fusing elements of classic rock with heavy metal, alt metal rose to prominence in the 1990s when bands with heavy riffs, a reliance on melody and a willingness to experiment with traditional metal song structures became popular. For a while, alternative metal bands were among the most popular bands in the world. The best alternative metal bands remain among the biggest bands bands in the world, and easily some of the best metal bands. Among alternative metal bands, these are the best

So, what is the best alternative metal band. Any alt metal bands list has to include metal bands like System of a Down, White Zombie, Faith No More, Tool and Korn. These alternative metal bands are among the top in the genre and are considered pioneers for helping popularize alt metal, in particular Korn with their Family Values Tour. While some may bleed over into nu-metal, that shouldn't effect their standing as one of the top alt metal bands. This should include all good alternative metal bands.

That said, it's up to you to decide what alternative metal bands should be considered the best. If you notice any alt metal band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative metal bands that you might've heard of. (90 items)
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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  3. 3
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    most listed
    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by levalex88
    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  13. 13
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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  14. 14
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

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    added by MFinnie
    Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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  22. 22
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    added by revconradhutchings
    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    added by kobra234
    Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

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    Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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    - 54

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    Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    - 54

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    - 41


    Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

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    ranked high on reranks
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    + 18
    - 23

    often listed & added by ryanjjjj8
    Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks
    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

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    - 49

    ranked low on reranks
    Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

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    added by EyeinThe-sky
    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    ranked high on reranks & added by ShannonFriedrich
    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    ranked low on reranks
    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

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    often listed & added by levalex88
    Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

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